Amir Khan’s decision to shun the glitz and glamour of LA in favour of the relative calm of San Francisco has Mike Tyson’s seal of approval.
Khan has returned to the sanctity of Virgil Hunter’s Bay Area gym to prepare for Saturday’s clash with WBO World welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
That’s after working with Joe Goossen in Los Angeles ahead of his last fight, against Samuel Vargas.
And he knew he’d made the right decision after a chat with ‘Iron’ Mike, the former heavyweight champ and ‘baddest man on the planet’, when the pair last met a couple of weeks ago.
Khan said: “Mike is a lovely guy, one of those guys who tries to give advice to everybody.
“I asked what it was like when he was trying to train and the distractions were there — what he did, because he was so dedicated and disciplined.
“He kind of locked himself away to train and, he didn’t say this, but I think his career started going down the wrong way when he started to make money and have other friends coming into his circle.
“He’s a lovely guy and I think people took advantage of him.
“I have had to get rid of the people who used to try to take advantage of me, you have to be very selfish.
“When people are taking advantage of you, you have to make sure you are one step ahead and think about yourself, your own career and your own life.”
The decisions Khan has made of late have helped put him back in world title contention and, if he can beat Crawford, then the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight king will become a two-time champion.
Khan added: “Crawford is a great fighter but I just feel that, technically, I have faced better fighters than he has.
“I don’t know if I have faced a better fighter than him, but I know I’m going to be more than ready for whatever he brings to the table.
“He has fought Yuriorkis Gamboa, he was a very good fighter, very quick.
“But I don’t think he has ever fought anyone like me.
“Someone with my power, speed, size — those three things are going to give him problems.
“I’m going to make sure I do what I can to achieve my dreams and leave a great legacy.”
At 32, Khan’s legacy is very much on his mind and he admits that, when he first turned pro in 2005, a year after winning Olympic silver, he didn’t think he’d still be fighting at this age.
“No, I never thought I would be,” he said. “But I am always going with the flow. There are so many great opportunities out there for me, it is hard to turn them down.
“Manny Pacquiao would be an amazing fight and one I have always wanted.
“That is the fight I would love.
“It is very hard to say how long I am going to be fighting for but, at the same time, I know having two years out with a hand injury and having that break, definitely got my love back for boxing.
“It gave me a fresh start. I came back nice and fresh and new again.”
Amir Khan challenges undefeated Terence Crawford for the WBO World Welterweight belt, live on BT Sport Box Office, Saturday, April 20.